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Lexi Weege, whose music is rooted in blues and jazz, performs at Replay Music in Greenfield on Friday and with the Woman Songwriter Collective at the Northfield Unitarian Church on Saturday.

Sounds Local: Lexi Weege isn't interested in sappy love songs

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Lexi Weege claims that she was born wielding a Shure SM58 microphone in one hand and red patent leather heels in the other. The Westfield native can’t remember a time when she wasn’t singing and soaking up all the music around her. She was even performing in a jazz cabaret act with her mother when she was only 8. In her teen years, she moved on to fronting rock bands. “Music was the only thing I cared about as a kid,” said Weege. “Everyone in my neighborhood played in rock and punk bands — it was kind of the thing to do when I was … 0

Sounds Local: Hitting the front burner

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tin Pan Valley Trio. You have to admit it’s a clever band name and one that is easy to remember. Musicians Lenny Zarcone and Bill Shontz came up with the name when they were talking about forming a trio that would also include the talents of multi-instrumentalist Rob Fletcher. They knew that they … 0

Sounds Local: June & the Bee

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The past month was a busy one for CD releases and there are more on the horizon. This week sees the release of the debut recording by the folk pop band June & the Bee, an Amherst-based quintet that has been together for about two years. It will celebrate with a EP release … 0

Sounds Local: 'Challenging but super fun'

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Whatever your notion of piano music — be it music performed by a crooning balladeer or by a stuffy classical musician — be prepared to have it completely shattered when Marco Benevento takes the stage. Benevento will perform … 0

Sounds Local: Dave Hayes... the musician

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

“Dave Hayes the weather guy is scanning the sky to see if it’s going to bring us snow today Dave Hayes the weather guy is just a little shy posting to folks that he don’t know” — Nerissa … 0

Sounds Local: Matt Kims Academy of Rock hosts student concert Saturday

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

If anyone had told Matt Kim, back when he was a teenager, that there would some day be a business with his name on the door and that he would teach music to kids, he never would have … 0

Sounds Local: 'Party Up in Heaven'

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The question Wildcat O’Halloran of Sunderland poses on “Party Up in Heaven,” the blues rockin’ title track of his new CD, is this: “If there’s a party up in heaven, where the hell they gonna find a band?” … 0

Sounds Local: All types of love

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that we typically associate with romantic dinners and roses, but this year the day falls on a weekend and as a result there are a variety of musical events happening that … 0

Sounds Local: Russell Kaback comes out to play

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Considering that singer-songwriter Russell Kaback of Greenfield was writing songs at age 12 and played his first gig at 14, it is clear that music has always been a big part of his life. Yet Kaback, 39, didn’t … 0

Sounds Local: 'All Things Loved and Lost'

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

As we enter February, we are faced with the onslaught of Valentine’s Day and all that comes with it. Easily the most divisive holiday on the calendar, people either love the notion of cupid striking with his arrows … 0

Sounds Local: Raw, honest music

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

These words are from “Bone,” a lovely waltz-like song performed by The Suitcase Junket: “This song is a bone that I found in the woods/ It was buried alone, but I’ve done what I could/ to breathe life … 0

Sounds Local: Two great shows

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Singer-songwriter Patty Carpenter of Guilford, Vt., has been entertaining area audiences for many years now. You may know her as a solo jazz singer, or as a member of the genre-blurring Dysfunctional Family Jazz Band. You may also … 0

Sounds Local: Trailer Park brings the party to Mohawk

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

For the past 20 years, Trailer Park has been the Pioneer Valley’s go-to party band, proving time and again that it can entice even the most reluctant among us to get out on the dance floor. The band … 0

Sounds Local: The good & the bad

Thursday, January 2, 2014

As we move into 2014, it’s time to look back at the year that was and to revel in the CDs and live shows that we enjoyed as well as some of the disappointments we experienced. Throughout the year, we were continually reminded of all the amazingly talented … 0

Sounds Local: Want to celebrate with music & dancing? Sheryl’s got you covered

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

You wouldn’t necessarily expect a rock guitarist to team up with a jazz singer, but that’s what will happen when John Sheldon and Samirah Evans come together for a show at the Arts Block in Greenfield on New Year’s Eve. Evans is a jazz and blues singer whose … 0